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  1. Updates on Thursday 28 April
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Friday

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Live updates for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the region.  

Weather: Persistent rain and snow

BBC Weather

Rain and snow will continue through this evening and will turn heavy at times.

BBC Weather forecast

Some drier spells are likely overnight, with further persistent rain and snow by dawn and icy patches.

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Warrington town centre's £107m revamp approved

A £107m development to transform Warrington town centre has been granted planning permission.

Warrington town centre regeneration plan
Warrington Borough Council

The Bridge Street Quarter includes plans for a new market hall, a 2,000-seat multiplex cinema, a new council office and a public square.

Warrington regeneration artist impressions
Muse Developments

 Demolition of buildings in the Cheshire town's Time Square began last year. 

Work to regenerate Warrington town centre

Warrington Borough Council said work on the scheme, by Muse Developments, is due to be completed in 2019. The development aims to create 400 jobs.

Wigan bus station plans approved

Plans for a new bus station for Wigan have been approved by Wigan Council.

Transport for Greater Manchester
Transport for Greater Manchester

Transport for Greater Manchester's proposals include a single, covered concourse building, cycle parking and improved access to the town centre.

It will be built on the same site as the existing bus station and construction is planned to begin in 2017 and take around 18 months.

Football: Ninety-three years since historic first Wanderers win

Police hunt 'scumbags' over racially aggravated assault

Police are appealing for information after a 43-year-old man was racially abused and assaulted shortly before 19:00 on Tuesday on a busy road in Ashton-under-Lyne.

The man was stopped in traffic on Darnton Road by three men in a white van who shouted abuse. Along with a fourth man, they pulled him from his car, punching and kicking him in the face and body before driving away.

The offenders are described as middle-aged white men, three with brown hair and one bald. Two of them are also described as having “beer bellies”.

PC Darren Roberts from Greater Manchester Police said the victim was "incredibly shaken up" and asked anyone who may have seen the incident to get in touch "so we can detain and question the scumbags that have done this.”

Samaritans celebrate volunteer's 50 years of service

One of the Samaritans' longest serving volunteers will finally say goodbye to the organisation after 50 years answering calls for help from people across Greater Manchester. 

Former teacher Hilary Forest worked at the Manchester and Salford branch and helped form the Stockport branch.  

She says essentially the work hasn't changed since she started in 1966. The organisation is planning a special dinner next month to mark her half century with the charity.  

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • About 30 firefighters from stations across Greater Manchester are tackling a fire at a derelict building in Pendleton 

Travel: Overturned lorry causes disruption

BBC Travel

Cherry Lane in Thelwall is closed in both directions between Lymm Interchange and The Avenham junction due to an overturned lorry.

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Good news for 'not quite a marathon' runners

Weather: Yellow warning of snow

BBC Weather

An area of rain, sleet and snow will come south-eastwards into the area later on Thursday lasting into Friday morning. Accumulations of 5-10 cm are likely above 200-300 m with locally 2-4 cm to around 100 m. Please be aware of the risk of difficult driving conditions and disruption to transport.

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Weather: Cloud and rain

BBC Weather

Cloud will thicken and rain will move in later today - there may even be a bit more snow over the hills.

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Large building fire breaks out in Salford

Fire crews from Salford, Agecroft, Broughton and Hyde are all battling to put out a blaze at the old Mainline taxis building in Pendleton.

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Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

  • Planning permission is granted for a £107m construction project to transform Warrington town centre

Arrests after Whalley Range high speed crash leaves two dead

Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after two people were killed in a crash in Manchester.

Police at Whalley Range crash site

The men, aged 20 and 24, died after an Audi travelling at high speed struck two parked cars in Wilbraham Road, Whalley Range, at 03:15 on Tuesday.

Two males, aged 17 and 19, have been arrested and the 19-year-old remains in hospital under police guard. Greater Manchester Police has referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission because the car was seen by officers before it crashed.

Football: Rumours Man City are targeting Walcott

Evening Standard

The Evening Standard are reporting that Pep Guardiola has instructedManchester Cityto add Arsenal forward Theo Walcottto their list of potential summer signings.

Theo Walcott
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Car crashes into parked vehicles in Heywood

Man charged over Bolton street stabbing

A man has been charged after a woman was stabbed in the street in Bolton.

Police were called to Bramley Road on 9 April where they found the woman, believed to be 53, with serious injuries.  

The 58-year-old, of Foxfold Close, Mosley Common, has been charged with wounding, affray and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon. He will appear at Bolton Magistrates' Court later.

Met Office issues yellow warning for snow tomorrow

Travel: Closure of Cherry Lane in Thelwall causing queues

BBC Travel

Cherry Lane (B5158) in Thelwall is closed and traffic is queuing in both directions between Lymm Interchange and the Cherry Lane junction because of an overturned lorry.

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Football: Mark Clattenburg to referee FA Cup final

BBC Sport

Mark Clattenburg will referee the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Wembley on 21 May.

Mark Clattenburg
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The 41-year-old from County Durham was in charge of the 2012 League Cup final at Wembley when Liverpool won against Cardiff City on penalties.

United, winners 11 times, have not won the FA Cup since 2004 while Palace are seeking a first triumph.

Runner completes 10K despite being attacked by bird of prey six times

A Wilmslow runner was repeatedly attacked by a buzzard before a race at the weekend.  

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Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:  

  • Police investigating the murder of Mosque elder, Jalal Uddin, in Rochdale arrest two more men
  • Police investigating a serious crash in South Manchester are questioning two teenagers on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving
  • Police are looking for a man who tried to shave a woman's hair in the street in Piccadilly

Police warn of man approaching secondary school children

Rochdale Online

A man has been approaching children of secondary school age trying to engage them in conversation by asking them to "come here" or by asking for directions, police say.  

Two more arrests in Jalal Uddin murder probe

Police investigating the murder of Jalal Uddin in Rochdale have made two further arrests.

Jalal Uddin
Greater Manchester Police

Jalal Uddin, 64, was found injured in a play area near the Jalalia Jaamé Mosque on 18 February and later died in hospital. Three men have previously been arrested in the case.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and a 24-year-old man has been held on suspicion of arranging funds for terrorism, Greater Manchester Police said.

Rugby League: Warriors welcome back Williams

BBC Manchester Sport

Wigan Warriors will welcome back stand-off George Williams to their squad for tonight's Super League match at league leaders Warrington. 

George Williams
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Joel Tomkins and Dom Crosby have yet to fully recover from injuries and drop out of the 19-man squad.

The Warriors are currently third in the table, level on points with Warrington and second-placed Catalans Dragons.  

Beswick fly-tipping area gets clean-up

An area of land in East Manchester blighted by fly-tipping is getting a clean up this morning. 


People living near Palmerston Street in Beswick said they were fed up with rubbish being dumped on waste land on a regular basis.

Manchester City Council sent two bin trucks to the area this morning to remove the refuse.

New shopping complex named 'Rochdale Riverside'

"Rochdale Riverside" has been chosen as the name for the town's new shopping centre development, the scheme’s developers have revealed.

Rochdale Riverside

The complex is part of the £250m redevelopment of Rochdale town centre and will house 25 retail and leisure units, a six-screen cinema and 350-space car park.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's top stories:

  • Police arrest two men for causing death by dangerous driving following a collision in South Manchester
  • An area of East Manchester blighted by fly-tipping is being cleared up by Manchester City Council
  • Regeneration plans for Warrington are approved - a £107m development including a cinema, market, restaurants and shops will be built

Man arrested after break-in that left woman in hospital

A man has been arrested after a break-in that left a woman in hospital in Cheetham.

Police were called to reports that three men had broken into a house in St Marks Lane in Cheetham on Monday, before assaulting a woman inside and stealing a number of items.

A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and remains in police custody for questioning.

Dogs Trust Manchester looking for home for tiny Trudy

Missing Bolton girl found

Police say they have found a 16-year-old girl from Bolton who went missing in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Demi-Leigh Sheridan was found and has returned home.

Man tries to shave woman's head in the street

A man tried to shave the back of a 24-year-old woman's head at around 20:00 in Piccadilly last night, police said.

The man was described as aggressive and was carrying electric shavers.

Police said the description they received suggests it is not the same man who had earlier snipped a student's hair on Friday night.

Boxing: 'I'm not accepted in Britain because I'm a Gypsy' - Fury

BBC Sport

Tyson Fury says he will move to the United States after his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, because he believes he is not accepted in Britain.

Tyson Fury
BBC Sport

Heavyweight world champion Fury fights Klitschko again on 9 July, having beaten the Ukrainian in November.

"I'm not accepted in Britain because I'm a Gypsy and that will never change," said Fury, 27, from Wythenshawe.  

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